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1. Petra Coach opens first European office -

Petra Coach, a business coaching firm based in Nashville that works with leaders, teams and corporations, has announced the launch of Petra Coach Europe. The move marks Petra Coach’s first international expansion of its coaching services, which were created by founder and CEO Andy Bailey.

2. China cuts some tariffs – but does not address US complaints -

BEIJING (AP) — China announced more tariff cuts Wednesday on imports of construction machinery and other goods, but took no action to address the U.S. complaints about its technology policy that are fueling an escalating trade battle.

3. US stock indexes post mixed finish as bond yields surge -

Major U.S. stock indexes finished unevenly Wednesday as gains in banks and other financial companies outweighed losses elsewhere in the market.

Bond yields surged to the highest level in four months. That drove demand for bank stocks and triggered a sell-off in utilities, real estate companies and other high-dividend payers.

4. Fed survey finds concerns about rising trade tensions -

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Federal Reserve reported Wednesday that its latest survey of business conditions nationwide found rising concerns over the impact Trump administration trade policies could have on the economy.

5. Events -

NPT Reports Town Hall. NPT is hosting Youth & Violence: NPT Reports Town Hall, NPT’s Studio A. The public forum will discuss what is being done to address the public health crisis emerging around youth and violence, including violence experienced by or inflicted on young people. This event will be recorded for later broadcast. Thursday, 6-8 p.m. NPT, Studio A, 161 Rains Ave. Fee: Free but RSVP required. Information

6. Stocks tumble as investors fret about China's growth -

NEW YORK (AP) — Deepening worries about global economic growth, particularly in China, set off a rout in riskier assets including technology stocks, copper and crude oil Wednesday. U.S. retailers took a drubbing after Macy's reported weaker sales.

7. Inflation, gas prices, tariffs squeeze consumers -

The price of a can of Coca-Cola? Likely going up. A package of Pampers? That too. Plane tickets? They also may be more expensive. These items and more may cost more in the coming months as people start feeling the effects of higher fuel prices and raw-material costs as well as a range of tariffs.

8. Health care and industrial stocks lead US indexes higher -

NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. stocks rose Tuesday following strong results from industrial and health care companies as well as a report that the U.S. and China are trying to restart trade talks. Small companies rallied.

9. Despite some wobbles, stocks end the week with more gains -

NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks wrapped up another solid week Friday as industrial and energy companies ticked higher, but corporate earnings got off to a sluggish start as reports from several major U.S. banks failed to excite investors.

10. Chinese exporters scramble to cope with US tariffs -

BEIJING (AP) — Chinese exporters were scrambling Monday to cope with a plunge in U.S. sales while China's state press shrugged off the impact of Washington's tariff hikes in a spiraling technology dispute.

11. Hope for US-China trade progress sends stocks jumping -

NEW YORK (AP) — Industrial and technology companies led stocks to solid gains Monday after the U.S. and China appeared to make significant progress in trade talks. That helped ease concerns among investors that the world's two biggest economies might be headed for a trade war.

12. US stock indexes cap choppy trading week with a mixed finish -

Despite a choppy week of trading and a mixed finish for U.S. stocks, the market extended its recent streak of relative calm Friday.

The S&P 500, the market's benchmark index, notched its 10th day in a row without a gain or drop of 1 percent or more. That's the longest stretch going back to January 26, when the market broke four and a half months of calm with a 1.2 percent gain, which also marked a record high.

13. Fed survey finds worries about higher tariffs -

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Federal Reserve's latest national survey has found that U.S. businesses are growing increasingly concerned about the impact higher tariffs could have on their companies and the overall economy.

14. Stocks dive as US proposes more China tariffs; Dow falls 572 -

NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks ended the week the way they began it: tumbling as investors worry that tariffs and harsh words between the U.S. and China will touch off a trade war that derails the global economy. The latest drop came as the White House proposed tripling the amount of goods from China that will be subject to tariffs.

15. Stocks sink as investors fear US-China trade tensions -

NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks are sinking and bond prices are climbing as trade tensions between the U.S. and China rise. The Trump administration is expected to announce trade sanctions on China, while the government in Beijing said it will defend itself. Industrial and technology companies took some of the worst losses while banks dipped along with interest rates. Stock indexes in Europe and Asia also fell.

16. City’s building boom remains on rise -

As Nashville welcomes 2018, it’s entering its fifth year in the national spotlight as one of the fastest-growing – and most popular – cities in the nation. It’s a popularity seen in tourism, as well as the number of people choosing to live and work here.

17. Banks, Caterpillar and industrial companies boost US stocks -

NEW YORK (AP) — Construction and mining equipment maker Caterpillar and Post-it note maker 3M led a rally in industrial companies Tuesday after they made strong third-quarter reports. Other U.S. stocks finished the day with smaller gains.

18. Remember Memphis? Titans would rather not -

Time flies, doesn’t it? A lot can happen in 20 years. Think about it: In 1997, Bill Clinton was sworn in for his second term as president. Princess Di was killed in a car crash. The Dow Jones Industrial Average closed above 8,000 for the first time.

19. Trump's 100-days promises: Fewer than half carried out -

WASHINGTON (AP) — Sure enough, the big trans-Pacific trade deal is toast, climate change action is on the ropes and various regulations from the Obama era have been scrapped. It's also a safe bet President Donald Trump hasn't raced a bicycle since Jan. 20, keeping that vow.

20. Trump targets visa program for highly skilled workers -

KENOSHA, Wis. (AP) — President Donald Trump hopes to revive the economic populism that helped drive his election campaign, signing an order Tuesday in politically important Wisconsin to tighten rules on technology companies bringing in highly skilled foreign workers.

21. Led by banks, stocks jump after strong report from China -

NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. stocks bounced back from recent losses Monday after the Chinese government said that country's economy grew at a slightly faster pace in the first quarter. Banks jumped as interest rates recovered.

22. US added 235K jobs in February, making Fed rate hike likely -

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. employers added a robust 235,000 jobs in February and raised pay at a healthy pace, making it all but certain that the Federal Reserve will raise short-term interest rates next week.

23. Apple surges on iPhone sales; stock indexes wobble -

NEW YORK (AP) — Investors didn't react much to a strong hiring survey or the Federal Reserve's decision to leave interest rates unchanged Wednesday, and U.S. stocks finished little changed. Apple soared after it said iPhone sales improved in its latest quarter.

24. US stock indexes drift mostly lower in morning trading -

U.S. stock indexes drifted mostly lower in morning trading Thursday as the market gave up some of its gains from the day before, when the Dow Jones industrial average closed above 20,000 for the first time. Technology stocks were down the most, while financial companies led the gainers. Investors have their eye on the latest company earnings news.

25. Nvidia leads S&P's winners in 2016; drug companies slump -

NEW YORK (AP) — In a solid year for stocks, graphics processor maker Nvidia stood far above its peers on the Standard & Poor's 500 index. The company's stock more than tripled for the year. But it was far from the only company that made a notable move. Goldman Sachs helped a rally in financial companies and Caterpillar contributed to an industrial boom on Wall Street, while drug companies like Mylan suffered big drops.

26. Nvidia leads S&P's winners in 2016; drug companies slump -

NEW YORK (AP) — In a solid year for stocks, graphics processor maker Nvidia stood far above its peers on the Standard & Poor's 500 index. The company's stock more than tripled for the year. But it was far from the only company that made a notable move. Goldman Sachs helped a rally in financial companies and Caterpillar contributed to an industrial boom on Wall Street, while drug companies like Mylan suffered big drops.

27. China's October exports fall in new sign of global weakness -

BEIJING (AP) — China's exports fell again in October in a fresh sign that weak global demand is complicating efforts by Beijing leaders to shore up economic growth and reduce reliance on trade and investment.

28. WHY IT MATTERS: Jobs -

WASHINGTON (AP) — THE ISSUE: Tepid income growth and shrinking opportunities for blue-collar workers have kept many Americans anxious about jobs and the economy, seven years after the Great Recession ended.

29. US stocks creep higher as Federal Reserve meeting starts -

NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. stocks inched higher Tuesday in another cautious day of trading as investors kept an eye on central banks in the U.S. and Japan. Health care and household goods companies led the way while energy companies slipped.

30. US economy grew at tepid 1.1 percent pace in spring -

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. economy expanded at a sluggish 1.1 percent pace this spring as businesses sharply reduced their stockpiles of goods and spent less on new buildings and equipment. Yet most analysts forecast much faster growth in the summer and fall, fueled by healthy consumer spending.

31. GOP states benefiting from shift to wind and solar energy -

WASHINGTON (AP) — If there's a War on Coal, it's increasingly clear which side is winning.

Wind turbines and solar panels accounted for more than two-thirds of all new electric generation capacity added to the nation's grid in 2015, according to a recent analysis by the U.S. Department of Energy. The remaining third was largely new power plants fueled by natural gas, which has become cheap and plentiful as a result of hydraulic fracturing.

32. US stocks mostly trade higher as energy sector rises -

NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks finished mostly higher Tuesday in another cautious day of trading. Energy companies climbed in tandem with the price of oil, but technology companies fell.

The market wavered between small gains and losses throughout the day. Chemicals companies made the biggest gains, led by DuPont, while energy companies benefited from higher oil prices. Health care stocks fell on more regulatory scrutiny of drug pricing. The Nasdaq composite index fell for the fourth day in a row.

33. Another gain for US stocks, led by banks and tech companies -

NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. stocks rose Wednesday as technology companies traded higher for the second day in a row and consumer companies gained steam as cruise lines rose. The beleaguered financial sector recovered some of its losses from earlier this year.

34. Stocks pull back, breaking a winning streak for the S&P 500 -

NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks fell broadly on Tuesday as investors around the world fled risky bets on worrisome trade data out of China and a slump in the price of crude oil.

Investors dumped stocks from the start of trading, then picked up their selling near the close. Seven of the 10 industry sectors of the Standard and Poor's 500 dropped, putting an end to a five-day winning streak for that index. Treasury bonds rose sharply as investors sought safety.

35. Strong US job growth in Feb. helps dispel recession fears -

WASHINGTON (AP) — A robust February jobs report showcased a resilient U.S. economy just as fears of a new recession had begun to surface.

Economic reports in recent weeks had fueled anxieties about a looming downturn: Manufacturers were slumping. Stocks had plummeted. China was slowing sharply along with other emerging markets. The rising dollar had crushed exports.

36. Neal & Harwell adds Aaron as associate -

Benjamin C. Aaron has joined Neal & Harwell, PLC, as an associate.

Aaron previously worked as an attorney with his father, Doug Aaron, in Manchester. He served as a clerk at The Garza Law Firm in Knoxville, and was a student attorney at the University of Tennessee Legal Clinic while in law school.

37. US stocks end a bumpy day slightly lower -

U.S. stocks extended their three-day losing streak Tuesday, closing slightly lower after spending most of the day wavering between gains and losses.

Energy companies led the decline as the price of U.S. crude oil sank nearly 6 percent. It's now at about $28 a barrel. The market's bumpy ride followed a slide in European stock indexes and steep losses in Japan, reflecting mounting investor anxiety that the global economy is slowing.

38. Slide in energy companies moves US stocks modestly lower -

Major U.S. stock indexes moved lower in afternoon trading Tuesday, on course for their third drop in a row. Energy stocks led the decline as a slide in oil prices accelerated. Investors were weighing the latest batch of company earnings news and looking ahead to the beginning on Wednesday of two days of testimony before Congress by Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen. European markets fell following steep losses in Japan.

39. Middle Tennessee's top commercial real estate transactions for 2015 -

Middle Tennessee's top commercial real estate transactions for 2015, Davidson, Williamson, Rutherford, Wilson and Sumner counties, as compiled by Chandler Reports.

40. US employers hire at blistering pace, defying global trends -

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. economy is motoring ahead despite slowing global growth that caused upheavals in financial markets around the world this week.

Employers added a robust 292,000 jobs last month, and the unemployment rate stayed low at 5 percent, the Labor Department said Friday. Job gains in the October-December quarter averaged 284,000, the best three-month increase since last January.

41. NAIOP Nashville elects first female president -

Lizabeth Theiss is the new president of the Nashville Chapter of NAIOP, Commercial Real Estate Development Association, making history as the chapter’s first female president.

Theiss, who is vice president of business development and a member of the executive team at Crain Construction Inc., takes office in January and will serve a one-year term for the 450-member association. A NAIOP (National Association for Industrial and Office Parks) member since 2002, she previously served as president-elect, secretary and bus tour chair.

42. China's economic growth declines to 6-year low -

BEIJING (AP) — China's economy decelerated in the latest quarter but stronger spending by consumers who are emerging as an important pillar of growth helped to avert a deeper downturn.

The world's second-largest economy grew by 6.9 percent in the three months ended in September, the slowest since early 2009 in the aftermath of the global financial crisis, data showed Monday. That was down from the previous quarter's 7 percent.

43. Top Middle Tennessee commercial real estate transactions for August 2015 -

Top commercial real estate transactions, August 2015, for Davidson, Williamson, Rutherford, Wilson and Sumner counties, as compiled by Chandler Reports.

44. Economy grew at 3.9 percent rate in April-June quarter -

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. economy grew at an even faster clip in the spring than previously estimated. But that growth likely slowed in the summer, held back by global headwinds and turbulent financial markets.

45. Late slump in health care pushes stocks to weekly loss -

NEW YORK (AP) — A late slump in health care stocks pushed the market to its third weekly loss this month.

Stocks had traded solidly higher for most of the day, as banks, insurance companies and brokerage firms climbed after Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen said that the policymakers would likely raise interest rates this year. The market gave up its most of its gains in the afternoon as a sell-off in drugmakers led the health care sector lower.

46. US economy surged at 3.7 percent rate in April-June quarter -

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. economy posted a much bigger rebound in growth during the spring than previously reported, thanks to improvements in a number of areas including consumer spending and business investment.

47. China manufacturing slumps to 15-month low -

HONG KONG (AP) — China's manufacturing slumped to a 15-month low in July in a fresh sign of deterioration in the world's second biggest economy, a survey showed Friday.

The manufacturing index based on a survey of factory purchasing managers fell to 48.2 this month from 49.4 in June. It uses a 100-point scale on which numbers above 50 indicate expansion.

48. Yellen: First Fed rate hike likely later this year -

WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen said Wednesday she is encouraged by signs that the economy is reviving after a brutal winter. And if the improvements stay on track, the Fed will likely start raising interest rates later this year.

49. US unemployment falls to 7-year low, but wages are flat -

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. unemployment fell to a seven-year low of 5.3 percent and employers hired at a solid pace in June, but other gauges of the job market drew a bleaker picture: A wave of people stopped looking for work, and paychecks failed to budge.

50. Stronger US economy and dollar tighten Latin American ties -

WASHINGTON (AP) — In Mexico City, an auto parts company expects to ride a resurgent U.S. auto industry to $1 billion in annual revenue by 2016.

In Bogota, Colombia, a company that makes plastic water valves is hoping an expansion into the United States will super-charge its exports.

51. US stocks fall, pulling market further below record highs -

NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. stocks sank Wednesday, pulling indexes further below record highs hit earlier in the week. The drop was modest but broad: nine of the 10 sectors in the Standard & Poor's 500 index lost ground.

52. AP survey: Why the outlook for global economy has brightened -

WASHINGTON (AP) — From the United States to Asia to Europe, a global economy that many had feared was faltering appears poised for a resurgence on the strength of cheap oil and falling interest rates.

53. Dismal report on US retail spending hits the stock market -

NEW YORK (AP) – A dismal report on retail spending in the U.S. and signs of slowing global growth drove stocks lower and sent yields on government bonds plunging as investors sought safety.

U.S. stocks fell from the start of trading on a report that consumers pulled back on spending last month and on a slump in European markets. At one point, the Dow Jones industrial average shed nearly 350 points.

54. Why the US will power the world economy in 2015 -

WASHINGTON (AP) — The United States is back, and ready to drive global growth in 2015.

After long struggling to claw its way out of the Great Recession, the world's biggest economy is on an extended win streak that is edging it closer to full health. But the new year doesn't look quite so bright in other major countries.

55. Fed likely to note gains but signal no rate hike -

WASHINGTON (AP) — A resurgent U.S. economy has emerged from a long struggle with high unemployment and weak growth. And the Federal Reserve seems poised to recognize the sustained improvement.

In a statement it will issue after a policy meeting ends Wednesday, the Fed may no longer say it plans to keep a key interest rate near zero for a "considerable time." If so, the Fed would be signaling that it's moving closer to raising rates — eventually.

56. Job gains put US on pace for best growth since '99 -

WASHINGTON (AP) — The resurgence in U.S. hiring accelerated in November and put 2014 on track to be the healthiest year for job growth since 1999.

The gain of a robust 321,000 jobs — the most in nearly three years — put further distance between a strengthening American economy and struggling nations throughout the developed world. The job market still isn't yet fully healthy. But its steady improvement raises the likelihood that the Federal Reserve will start raising interest rates from record lows by mid-2015.

57. Energy companies lead an advance in US stocks -

NEW YORK (AP) — Energy and health-care companies led major stock indexes higher on Tuesday, even as crude oil resumed its slide. General Motors rose after reporting stronger sales, and Biogen, a biotech company, soared following news that its drug for Alzheimer's disease showed promise.

58. Why global turmoil hasn't sunk US markets. Yet. -

NEW YORK (AP) — Europe appears on the brink of another recession. Islamic militants have seized Iraqi territory. Russian troops have massed on the Ukraine border, and the resulting sanctions are disrupting trade. An Ebola outbreak in Africa and Israel's war in Gaza are contributing to the gloom.

59. US companies falling behind as Africa surges -

WASHINGTON (AP) — As Africa's economy rises, American businesses are at risk of being left behind.

"We are missing the boat" was the sour warning former President Bill Clinton issued Tuesday at an otherwise upbeat U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit here.

60. IMF cuts US and global growth forecasts for 2014 -

WASHINGTON (AP) — The International Monetary Fund foresees the global economy expanding less than it had previously forecast, slowed by weaker growth in the United States, Russia and developing economies.

61. IMF cuts US and global growth forecasts for 2014 -

WASHINGTON (AP) — The International Monetary Fund foresees the global economy expanding less than it had previously forecast, slowed by weaker growth in the United States, Russia and developing economies.

62. Stocks decline in afternoon trading; Mattel down -

U.S. financial markets veered lower in afternoon trading Thursday, giving back gains from a day earlier. Economic data were mixed and company earnings reports were mostly disappointing. Investors also monitored developments in Ukraine following reports that a passenger plane was shot down over the eastern part of the country.

63. US employers add 217K jobs; rate stays at 6.3 pct -

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. employers added 217,000 jobs in May, a substantial gain for a fourth straight month, fueling hopes that the economy will accelerate after a grim start to the year.

Monthly job growth has averaged 234,000 for the past three months, up sharply from 150,000 in the previous three. The unemployment rate, which is derived from a separate survey, remained 6.3 percent in May. That's the lowest rate in more than five years.

64. Manufacturers see better times for economy, jobs -

NEW YORK (AP) — Companies are finally starting to spend some of the cash they've been sitting on, and that could mean a stronger economy and more jobs are on the way.

Industrial companies such as General Electric, Honeywell and Caterpillar have been posting strong financial results in recent weeks and telling investors that orders are strong. That means other large companies are investing in expensive equipment they need to grow their business, economists say.

65. After tough January, stock extend slide -

For investors, February is starting out just as rough as January.

U.S. stocks tumbled on Monday, pushing the Dow Jones industrial average down more than 320 points after reports of sluggish U.S growth added to investor worries about the global economy. The slump follows the Dow's worst January performance since 2009.

66. China's economy grows 7.7 percent in 2013 -

BEIJING (AP) — China's economic growth decelerated in the final quarter of 2013 and appears set to slow further, adding to pressure on its leaders to shore up an expansion as they try to implement sweeping reforms.

67. Senate easily passes $1.1 trillion spending bill -

WASHINGTON (AP) — Congress sent President Barack Obama a $1.1 trillion government-wide spending bill Thursday, easing the harshest effects of last year's automatic budget cuts after tea party critics chastened by October's partial shutdown mounted only a faint protest.

68. Bank of America sells China bank stake for $1.47B -

HONG KONG (AP) — Bank of America sold a $1.47 billion stake in China Construction Bank on Wednesday, the latest foreign institution to shed its investment in a Chinese lender after initial optimism about the potentially lucrative market wore off.

69. An early gain fades on Wall Street -

NEW YORK (AP) — An early rally on Wall Street fizzled, leaving the stock market slightly higher in midday trading Thursday.

Miners and other companies that make basic materials surged after news that China's trade rebounded in July, signaling the end of a six-month slowdown for the world's second-largest economy.

70. US employers add 162K jobs, rate falls to 7.4 pct. -

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. employers added 162,000 jobs in July, a modest increase and the fewest since March. At the same time, the unemployment rate fell to a 4½-year low of 7.4 percent, a hopeful sign.

71. Barge Waggoner promotes quartet of vice presidents -

Award-winning architecture and engineering firm Barge Waggoner Sumner and Cannon, Inc. appointed four new vice presidents at its recent annual stockholders’ meeting:

72. Stock market rebounds from worst day of the year -

NEW YORK (AP) — Strong housing and earnings reports helped stocks rebound from their worst day of the year.

The Dow Jones industrial average rose 157.58 points, or 1.1 percent, on Tuesday, to 14,756.78, winning back more than half of the 265 points it lost a day earlier. The Standard & Poor's 500 index logged its second-best day of the year.

73. US adds 236K jobs, unemployment falls to 7.7 pct. -

WASHINGTON (AP) — A burst of hiring last month added 236,000 U.S. jobs and reduced the unemployment rate to 7.7 percent from 7.9 percent in January. The robust gains suggested that the economy can strengthen further despite higher taxes and government spending cuts.

74. Oil below $92 amid US supplies rise, China growth -

The price of oil slipped below $92 a barrel Thursday as traders weighed signs of economic recovery in the U.S. and China against an increase in U.S. crude supplies.

By early afternoon in Europe, benchmark oil for November delivery was down 21 cents at $91.91 a barrel in electronic trading on the New York Mercantile Exchange. The contract gained 3 cents to settle at $92.12 a barrel on Wednesday.

75. IMF offers bleak assessment of stalled recovery -

TOKYO (AP) — Plagued by uncertainty and fresh setbacks, the world economy has weakened further and will grow more slowly over the next year, the International Monetary Fund says in its latest forecast.

76. Stocks rise following expansion in manufacturing -

U.S. stocks mostly rose on Monday as growth in manufacturing provided more evidence that the economy may be picking up, or at least not getting any worse.

The gains came after news that U.S. manufacturing grew in September for the first time in four months.

77. Stocks end lower ahead of Fed meeting -

NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks slipped on Wall Street as troubling economic news from China and the U.S. outweighed optimism about more stimulus from the Federal Reserve.

The Dow Jones industrial average fell 52.35 points to close at 13,254.29 on Monday. The Standard & Poor's 500 slipped 8.84 points to 1,429.08 and the Nasdaq composite fell 32.40 points to 3,104.02.

78. Stocks end mixed on weak US economic reports -

NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks zigged and zagged after reports that the U.S. economy is weakening at a time when China and Europe are also slowing.

The Dow Jones industrial average closed down 54.90 points at 13,035.94 on Tuesday. Heavy equipment maker Caterpillar was the weakest stock in the Dow average, slipping 3 percent, or $2.67, to $82.66. The Standard & Poor's 500 index fell 1.64 points to 1,404.94.

79. Stocks climb from lows after Fed signals help -

NEW YORK (AP) — Investors drew some comfort Wednesday from signals that the Federal Reserve is worried about the slow pace of the U.S. economic recovery feels more urgency about providing help.

80. Chinese companies pull out of US stock markets -

BEIJING (AP) — Just a few years after Chinese companies lined up to sell shares on Wall Street, a growing number are reversing course and pulling out of U.S. exchanges.

This week, Focus Media Holding Ltd., announced its chairman and private equity firms want to buy back its U.S.-traded shares and take the Shanghai-based advertising company private. The deal would value Focus Media at $3.5 billion, according to financial information firm Dealogic.

81. US service firms grew slightly faster in July -

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. service companies, which employ 90 percent of Americans, grew at a slightly faster pace in July.

The Institute for Supply Management reported Friday that its index of non-manufacturing activity picked up slightly last month with a reading of 52.6. That was up from June's reading of 52.1, which had been the lowest since January 2010.

82. US hiring picks up in July with 163,000 jobs added -

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. economy generated 163,000 jobs in July after three months of weak hiring, a sign it is resilient enough to pull out of a midyear slump and grow modestly as the rest of the world slows down.

83. Oil rises on expectations for economic stimulus -

NEW YORK (AP) — The price of oil climbed for a fourth day on expectations of more efforts by government officials and central bankers to help the global economy.

China is planning to pump billions of dollars into housing projects and other infrastructure to support its construction industry. The European Central Bank hinted that more support could be in the works for Europe's debt-ridden nations, while the leaders of Germany and France vowed to do everything they can to keep the eurozone intact.

84. US economic outlook worsens after jobs report -

WASHINGTON (AP) — The faltering U.S. job market has prompted economists to take a much dimmer view of the country's growth prospects. That's a shift from just a few weeks ago, when many were upgrading their forecasts.

85. Global economy at risk as US, Europe and Asia slow -

WASHINGTON (AP) — The global economy's foundations are weakening, one by one.

Already hobbled by Europe's debt crisis, the world now risks being hurt by slowdowns in its economic powerhouses.

86. A mixed close on Wall Street as calm returns -

Calm returned to the stock market Monday after a spasm of fearful selling last week. Major indexes closed mixed after trading modestly lower for most of the day.

The Dow Jones industrial average opened at its lowest level since December after a 275-point sell-off on Friday ignited by grim economic signals, especially a dismal report on the U.S. labor market.

87. Typical CEO made $9.6M last year, AP study finds -

NEW YORK (AP) — Profits at big U.S. companies broke records last year, and so did pay for CEOs.

The head of a typical public company made $9.6 million in 2011, according to an analysis by The Associated Press using data from Equilar, an executive pay research firm.

88. A weaker first quarter doesn't mean a weak year -

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. economy grew more slowly in the first three months of this year. Governments spent less, and businesses cut back on investment. But consumers spent at the fastest pace in more than a year.

89. Wall Street's happy new year: Dow up almost 180 -

NEW YORK (AP) — The stock market got a big jump on a better year.

After a flat 2011, stocks rose sharply Tuesday in the first trading of 2012 after investors returned from the holiday and found encouraging economic reports from the United States and around the world.

90. Bank of America expects $1.8B gain from stake in Chinese bank -

CHARLOTTE, North Carolina (AP) — Bank of America will sell most of its remaining shares in China Construction Bank as it raises cash and shores up its capital base.

91. Bank of America earns $6.2B on accounting gains -

NEW YORK (AP) — Bank of America says it earned $6.2 billion in the third quarter, largely from accounting gains and the sale of a stake in a Chinese bank.

The Charlotte, North Carolina, bank earned 56 cents per share, following a loss of $7.3 billion, or 77 cents a share, during the same quarter last year. Analysts surveyed by FactSet forecast the bank would earn 28 cents per share.

92. Manufacturing activity grew faster in June -

NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. manufacturing activity recovered somewhat in June from a sharp slowdown in May.

The rebound suggested that the pain from the late-spring spike in gas prices and supply problems that hurt auto sales are easing.